ONE OF THE ITEMS I prepare for clients near the end of a redesign is an InDesign library, chock full of all redesign elements. Even if I think an item may only be used occasionally, it goes into that library so the person who’s preparing the page doesn’t have to go searching for it.
I advise against placing too many elements in the pasteboard of a page or a template, but it’s OK to place some items there. Among the elements on the pasteboard in the illustration above are some standing hed blanks, a jumpline, some stock text for the bottom of the page, a few headline blanks and a caption.
Note that I place no photos, logos or other such items there. Those can slow down the process of opening your page, while the text and other items in this illustration will open immediately.
My advice: Go ahead and use the pasteboard…but keep items there to a minimum.
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